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Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) programme

The Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) programme is a flexible service offering a range of services, allowing schools to select the elements that are most suited to their setting.

Secondary

HIPs act as a critical professional friend to the school, helping its leadership to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement, and plan effective change. The role is to support the building of the school’s capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils, and to improve other key outcomes that have a bearing on pupils’ achievement.

Primary

Within Hertfordshire’s primary schools and academies, HIPs are one of three types. They may be consultant HIPs, which means they are experienced education professionals working through Herts for Learning, who are managed, trained and quality assured by the company. A HIP can also be a District School Effectiveness Adviser (DSEA), meaning they undertake both the role of a DSEA and HIP and are part of the centrally retained Herts for Learning primary team. Alternatively, a HIP can be a practising headteacher from a good or outstanding school or academy in Hertfordshire.

Whether a DSEA/HIP, a consultant HIP or a headteacher HIP, every HIP acts as a critical professional friend to the school, helping its leadership to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement and plan effective change. The role of a HIP is to support the building of the school’s capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils and to improve other key outcomes that have a bearing on pupils’ achievement.

Engaging the services of a HIP offers a number of advantages and provides:

  • a flexible, bespoke programme, which can be as extensive or as focused as required
  • to meet the needs of the individual school
  • support and challenge – elements valued by schools and governors
  • a HIP who is up to date with the latest developments in teaching and learning and to school improvement strategies
  • a HIP who is rigorously quality assured and who is accountable for the quality of their work
  • a HIP who, particularly where intensive support is required, can carefully coordinate deployment of a “team around the school”, drawing on the range of expertise that is available within Herts for Learning and across the wider range of schools within Hertfordshire. This includes teaching alliances, NLEs, LLEs, SLEs, and other experienced school leaders and subject specialists

For further information on all Herts for Learning’s school improvement consultancy and advisory services, contact info@hertsforlearning.co.uk
or call 01438 845111.

What they are saying
"The SIP is very perceptive in analysing the school’s performance, knows the school well, is always up‑to‑date with the latest Ofsted guidance, is very positive when working with SLT members...whilst still asking difficult questions." Headteacher
"The SIP knows the school well and exercises this knowledge expertly to support the governors and the school." Headteacher
"The SIP was well prepared with a good understanding of the school’s current position. The review process was excellent, with good facilitation, enabling governors to strike the right balance between challenge and support." Headteacher
"We are fortunate to have Herts for Learning – so many counties have very little. The support from HIPs, the teaching and learning advisors and the other support systems is particularly useful. Initiatives to provide assessment materials are also something Herts for Learning does well." Herts Headteacher

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Contact

Herts for Learning
Phone: 01438 845111